Tag Archives: homeless

Navigation Center for the Homeless Switches Focus from Housing to Triage

The city’s first Navigation Center for the homeless has changed its operating model to limit stays to one month and the centers no longer promise placement in permanent housing. Randy Quezada, communications manager at the San Francisco Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, confirmed that the center now operates as a 30-day triage center to funnel clients into city services,...

Mission Homeless Man Without Shelter After Tent Blaze, Possibly Arson

A homeless man is without shelter as rain storms sweep the Bay Area, after his tent caught fire early Tuesday morning in a possible case of arson. Amos Howard, a U.S. Army veteran who has been living in a tent outside a church at 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, said he suspects two men set fire to his...

Forgotten, U.S. Army Veteran Finds Sanctuary on San Francisco Street

When Amos Howard left the hospital after an overnight stay, a taxi dropped him off at the corner of 18th and Shotwell streets. Howard remembers heavy rains on that day – his forearms were locked in fresh casts and, already homeless for a year and a half, the 59-year-old U.S. Army veteran had nowhere to go. “They didn’t give me...

Uncertainty Lingers for Mission Fire Victims as City Aid Runs Out

Tenants displaced by two major Mission fires gathered at the Brava Theater on Saturday for a holiday dinner, sponsored by community donations, and to discuss new housing solutions. Many of the low-income tenants and families suffered devastating losses after the fires, and most are still in need of permanent housing – some of them urgently so. Over a warm buffet...

City Attorney Says Cops Shot Homeless Man in Self Defense

The San Francisco City Attorney’s office said on Thursday that two San Francisco police officers lawfully killed Luis Gongora Pat, a Guatemalan immigrant, when they confronted him earlier this year in the Shotwell Street homeless encampment where he lived. The statement from City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office came in response to Gongora Pat’s family who filed a lawsuit two months ago naming...

City’s Housing Offers Not Cutting It for Homeless Fire Victim

A former go-go dancer and taxicab robber who had hoped to start life afresh at the Graywood Hotel is the last tenant displaced by the June fire who remains on the streets. Michelle Thompson’s story demonstrates how difficult it is to place some clients who resist housing because of what they have to leave behind: their personal belongings, friends and...

Neighbors and Nuns Face Off Over Soup Kitchen

Residents in the northeastern Mission District are forming a community group to push local government toward ending homeless encampments in the area, while a pair of nuns displaced from the Tenderloin tries to gather support for a soup kitchen in the neighborhood that neighbors fear will only attract more homeless. The nuns are Marie Benedicte and Marie Valerie of the...

One Camp Cleared, But Bed Shortage Looms in SF Mission

Traduccion en español aquí. A homeless encampment around 15th and Treat streets in the Mission District has been partially cleared despite the fact that the city is short on beds in which to place them. The area, which was scheduled to be cleared by today, has been split into two smaller areas to work on piece by piece, said a...

Two Fire Victims End Months of Homelessness, But a Third Remains Unhoused

Since a five-alarm fire in June displaced Kimberly Walley and her husband, Henry Texada, from the single room occupancy hotel where they had been living for some five years, the couple had fallen on hard times, seemingly unplaceable by officials who had promised to find homes for all of those displaced in the fire. But on Thursday, Walley stood in...

PG&E Turns the Lights on SF Mission Homeless

Pacific Gas and Electric has installed temporary light fixtures at its Shotwell Street yard that the company said are an attempt to ramp up security measures, in part as a result of recent conversations with neighbors about homeless encampments in the area. The lights elicited a mixed reactions from those living in the tents, some of whom consider the bright...

The Mission’s Homeless Can and Should Vote, Say Advocates

San Francisco’s homeless population can vote, even without a fixed address, announced advocates for the homeless who on Thursday gathered at the intersection of Division Street and Trainor – a narrow alleyway behind Rainbow Grocery that is lined with tents. “Our goal is to tell folks, if you want to vote, look at that street corner right there; that’s your...

Second Homeless Encampment Dismantled Under New Program

Homeless encampments in the Mission District are being “resolved” one by one, said city officials on Friday, in a bid to move unhoused San Franciscans into transitional shelter and offer them various services. The difference between this and other encampment sweeps? Those who refuse services are told not to return to their former campsites. Jason Albertson, head of the Encampment...

Family of Man Shot by Police Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

The family of the 45-year-old Mayan homeless man shot by police near a Mission District tent encampment on April 7 filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the two officers involved on Friday. The lawsuit was filed on the six-month anniversary of Luis Gongora Pat’s death and comes on the heels of an autopsy report released last week....

Mission Community Challenges City’s Plans to Remove Tents, House Homeless

Community members and homeless advocates frustrated over dozens of tents that have popped up in the Mission District shouted down city and police officials on Wednesday during a discussion of a new plan to tackle homeless encampments in the neighborhood. “We had encampments catch on fire right on my street. After living here all these years, I’ve seen things really...